Fifteen to twenty villages in North Kashmir’s Bandipora district came under water on Wednesday night losing their livelihood for at least three years.
When water levels in Srinagar receded, the Jhelum wrecked its havoc upon the paddy fields and apple orchards that were to be harvested in this month and has affected the livelihood of 2000 families.
Ghulam Rasool, a native of Check-Ganistan in Sumbal is the owner of 300 hectares of land – paddy fields and apple orchards. Rasool has forty members in his family, who are completely dependent on the agricultural land for the bread and butter.
“This was the time we used to collect rice and apples from our field. The color is perfect yellow which means it is ready to harvest but destiny had some other plans for us,” said Rasool. “I don’t know how me and my family is going to survive for the next five years,” he added.
Villages like Ankhola, Check-ganistan, Ganistan, Sumbal, Daehar and villages lying at the border of Wular lake have been drastically affected by the floods.
The entire village comprising of 700 families in Check-ganistan rely on the agriculture. Not a single family holds a business unit or is in proper job in the entire area.
“I did not look for a job, as we had enough land to survive upon. But now it’s gone. Our livelihood is gone,” said Akhtar Ahmad of the area.